Decatur grad, Katie Street, receives big-time NCAA honor

For the Mirror

Recent Boise State University graduate and former member of the Bronco women's golf team, Katie Street, became just the 10th student-athlete in school history to be honored with an NCAA postgraduate scholarship Tuesday.

The first Bronco golfer to be honored with the scholarship, Street, a native of Federal Way and a graduate of Decatur High School, was one of 58 recipients among all three NCAA divisions who participated in spring sports this academic year.

Street was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team, May 25, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and was named a Top-10 Scholar for the Class of 2007 by the Boise State University Alumni Association.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must also intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives for all sports in the fall. Selections are made three times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport to the NCAA National Office. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. In maintaining the highest standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.

In addition to the spring sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and winter sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

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